Kroc Grants Support Peace Research by Faculty Fellows

Author: Joan Fallon

The Kroc Institute recently awarded peace research grants to six Notre Dame faculty members who are fellows of the Kroc Institute.

Kraig Beyerlein, assistant professor of sociology, received a Kroc grant to support the collection of data on protests, marches, and demonstrations in the United States as part of a research project to understand American public dissent.

Eileen Hunt Botting, the Thomas J. and Robert T. Rolfs associate professor of political science, received a faculty fellow research grant to translate and incorporate historic Japanese, Korean, and Chinese perspectives into her forthcoming book on Mary Wollstonecraft, John Stuart Mill, and human rights.

E. Mark Cummings, professor and Notre Dame chair of psychology, received a grant for focus group research with Croat and Serb youth and mothers in Croatia. The study is part of a larger project on children and inter-ethnic conflict in Croatia.

Sandra Gustafson, professor of English and concurrent professor of American Studies, received a Kroc grant for a partial leave in 2013 to conduct research for a book on conflict and democracy in American fiction. She also will develop new graduate and undergraduate courses on literature and peace studies.

Darcia Narvaez, associate professor of psychology, received a Kroc grant for a research project to understand pathways to virtue development in children. Previous pilot projects have shown that peaceful character is strongly related to early life experiences.

Kroc Institute faculty fellows are professors in other academic units throughout the University of Notre Dame whose research and teaching relate to peace studies

Contact: Joan Fallon, 574-631-8819,